Lassen Volcanic National Park received a rare snowstorm this past weekend, resulting in multiple inches of snow accumulation throughout the park. With driving conditions becoming dangerous, park officials have decided to close the Lassen National Park Highway until it becomes safe for thru traffic.
Park entrances remain open at the park and any trails within that vicinity can still be accessed by visitors, but destinations in the middle of the park will be difficult to get to.
Last night the park received several inches of snow. As a result, Lassen National Park Highway is closed. The highway through the park will re-open when driving conditions improve.— Lassen Volcanic NP (@LassenNPS) September 30, 2019
Park entrances are open. Hiking trails at park entrances are covered with a light layer of snow. pic.twitter.com/37LAx1VF3x
“Hiking trails located at park entrances are covered with a light layer of snow,” the park said in a statement. “Be sure to dress warm and wear waterproof boots.”
The park’s webcams show a scene straight out of the midst of winter, with Lassen Peak covered in snow and the highway looking somewhat dangerous:
For those of you willing to face the elements, you could see some remote adventures in the park this week. But with the storm tapering off this afternoon, the highway may not be closed very long.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine